I've been captivated recently by the phenomenon of murmuration. You've probably seen the videos going around, this one is really popular. But how do they do it? This article is pretty interesting: "As Wired points out, this mechanism has more to do with physics than biology. Murmuration flight depends on the same principle that underlies a phase transition of a solid to a liquid or that some physicists say could cause the collapse of the universe. The molecular behavior of a body — whether it's ice in a hot room or a murmuration in flight — changes until it reaches a point where it can no longer exist in its current form. It becomes something else. It melts; it turns left."
So my latest painting is an attempt to capture that feeling of awe when you look up and see hundreds of starlings dancing in unison. An amazing thing.